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1794

H I S T O R Y

OF

preparations for the attack ; and his armament failed from Aux Cayes on the 23d of December. His naval force confifted of one brig of fixteen guns, and three fchooners of fourteen guns each, and he commanded a body of near three thoufand men, of all colours and defcriptions. T h e attack commenced on Christmas day. The garrifon, consisting of only four hundred and eighty men, made a vigorous defence for four days, when, having loft upwards of three hundred of their number, and finding the poft no longer tenable, the furvivors, headed by their gallant commander, Lieutenant Bradford, of the 23d regiment, with unexampled bravery fought their way for five miles through the enemy, and got fafe to Irois. Lieu­ tenant Bafkerville was the only officer who, by fome unfortu­ nate circumstance, was unable to join his companions in their retreat; and this high-fpirited young man, with a refolution which, though a Christian muft condemn it, a Roman would have approved, to defeat the triumph of his favage enemy, who would probably have made him fuffer a fhameful death, put a period to his own existence, as Rigaud entered the fort. W I T H this difaftrous occurrence terminated the year 1794 (d), and here I fhall clofe my account of the military tranfactions of (d) Major General Williamfon, the latter end of the year, was appointed governor-general and commander in chief of his Majefty's poffeffions in St. Domingo; and was foon afterwards honoured with the order of the Bath—a diftinction which he had nobly earned. He arrived at Port au Prince, and took upon him the g o vernment, in May 1795.

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An historical survey of the french colony in the island of St. Domingo comprehending a short account  

Auteur. Edwards, B. / Ouvrage patrimonial de la Bibliothèque numérique Manioc. Service commun de la documentation, Université des Antilles e...

An historical survey of the french colony in the island of St. Domingo comprehending a short account  

Auteur. Edwards, B. / Ouvrage patrimonial de la Bibliothèque numérique Manioc. Service commun de la documentation, Université des Antilles e...

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